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PowerofX's Mock Draft

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Updated: 6/23/16 2:43 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Ben Simmons

  1. Philadelphia | Ben Simmons | 6-10 | 240 | SF/PF | LSU | 19

On Tuesday, the 76ers informed Simmons that they will select him with the #1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. They finally get their franchise player after years of "the process".
Brandon Ingram

  2. LA Lakers | Brandon Ingram | 6-9 | 195 | SF | Duke | 18

LA announced that they intend to select Ingram with the 2nd overall pick on Wednesday night. Might be a better prospect than Simmons. If he can add some weight and harness his unique combination of size an athleticism, he could be the franchise player the Lakers desperately need in the wake of Kobe's retirement.
Kris Dunn

  3. *Boston | Kris Dunn | 6-4 | 220 | PG | Providence | 22

Kris Dunn has emerged as the leading candidate for the 3rd overall pick. He'd give the Celtics some more depth at a position they're already stacked at, or be a trade chip. Philly is reportedly very high on Dunn and has shopped Jahlil Okafor for the past few weeks. A Dunn-for-Okafor swap sounds likely now.
Marquese Chriss

  4. Phoenix | Marquese Chriss | 6-10 | 235 | PF | Washington | 18

Great athleticism, shot blocking ability, and shooting potential for Chriss, but a major gamble with his slight frame and inexperience. Chriss's name is rising up draft boards into top 5 consideration. He has been linked to the Suns, who have nothing to lose and can bring him along slowly at the 4.
Jamal Murray

  5. *Minnesota | Jamal Murray | 6-4 | 205 | PG/SG | Kentucky | 19

A do-it-all combo guard who can function as a playmaker or scorer. Thibs goes BPA with this pick. Has a Zach LaVine-type playing style but they could co-exist on the court as Murray has 2-way potential. Put Wiggins at the 3. The Wolves are looking scary for next season.
Buddy Hield

  6. New Orleans | Buddy Hield | 6-5 | 215 | SG | Oklahoma | 22

The Pelicans would love for Buddy to fall to their pick. Possibly the best pure scorer in the draft, averaged 26.6PPG last season. He'd be a great addition to New Orleans as the Brow's sidekick, moving on from oft-injured free agent Eric Gordon.
Dragan Bender

  7. *Denver | Dragan Bender | 7-0 | 220 | PF | Croatia | 18

Bender is one of the biggest wild cards in the draft, could go top 3 but recent rumors say that he could fall in the lottery due to his inexperience and his buyout price. The Nuggets could like his potential and similarities to Porzingis and roll the dice on another talented (but raw) international player at #7 for the second straight season.
Denzel Valentine

  8. *Phoenix | Denzel Valentine | 6-5 | 210 | SG/SF | Michigan St. | 22

The Dave Joerger regime shakes things up with its first draft pick. After whiffing on Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas, Sactown finally gets a wing who can come in and contribute meaningful minutes from day 1. Valentine should be able to fit into just about any bench unit as a secondary playmaker. Should have a long career as a productive role player.
Domantas Sabonis

  9. *Toronto | Domantas Sabonis | 6-10 | 240 | PF/C | Gonzaga | 20

Should be able to come in and be a plus rebounder, at minimum, right away. Arvydas's son which means he's been around the game his whole life. The rich get richer as Eastern Conference runner-up Raptors acquire one of the draft's best big men for solid depth behind Joey V.
Dejounte Murray

  10. Milwaukee | Dejounte Murray | 6-5 | 170 | PG/SG | Washington | 19

Someone to push MCW, who has struggled since being traded from the 76ers.
Skal Labissiere

  11. *Oklahoma Cty | Skal Labissiere | 7-0 | 215 | PF/C | Kentucky | 20

Could be a very nice big with offensive versatility and size...or a useless waste of space. This kid has a lot of untapped potential, projected #2 overall pick last July. Has a nice jump shot so could replace Channing Frye on the Magic.
Deyonta Davis

  12. *Atlanta | Deyonta Davis | 6-10 | 240 | PF/C | Michigan St. | 19

The Hawks are reportedly shopping this pick they just acquired from the Jazz in the Jeff Teague trade, but will target a frontcourt player if they keep it. Shot blockers are at a premium in this draft. Davis provides nice depth there as well as upside in other areas. Al Horford could be on his way out.
Jaylen Brown

  13. *Sacramento | Jaylen Brown | 6-6 | 225 | SG/SF | California | 19

Dude is really raw but you can't deny his potential. Adds a defensive presence to the Suns' wing depth alongside burgeoning offensive threat Devin Booker. He's a steal this low as he has some of the highest potential in the draft.
Wade Baldwin

  14. Chicago | Wade Baldwin | 6-4 | 200 | PG/SG | Vanderbilt | 20

Baldwin needs some work as a playmaker but shows great potential as a 2-way player, kind of a Jamal Murray lite. The Nets acquired this pick targeting a PG, which they desperately need, and Baldwin is arguably the best player on the board at this spot.
Jakob Poeltl

  15. *Denver | Jakob Poeltl | 7-1 | 240 | C | Utah | 20

Considered a shot blocking specialist at the start of the season, Poeltl added an offensive game to his arsenal this season. He could fall out of the lottery but I don't see him falling past the first 16 picks. Would create an interesting 3-man big rotation in Denver with Jokic & Nurkic.
Furkan Korkmaz

  16. *Boston | Furkan Korkmaz | 6-7 | 175 | SG | Turkey | 19

Korkmaz is an excellent shooter who shot 45% from 3 point range at U19s. He'll definitely be a draft-and-stash, but the Celtics can stash him in Europe for another year or two and bring him over for the sniper they've missed since losing Ray Allen.
Demetrius Jackson

  17. Memphis | Demetrius Jackson | 6-1 | 195 | PG | Notre Dame | 21

Jackson has shown the ability to be a big shot maker with decent playmaking skills. Could have himself a nice career as a lead guard off the bench. Backup PG for Mike Conley.
Stephen Zimmerman

  18. Detroit | Stephen Zimmerman | 6-11 | 235 | PF/C | UNLV | 19

Zimmerman definitely has some tools to become a solid player at the next level from what I've seen so far. He could definitely crack the lottery.
Timothe Luwawu

  19. *Denver | Timothe Luwawu | 6-7 | 195 | SG/SF | France | 21

My favorite international player in this draft. Luwawu could come into the NBA right away and contribute. Could have a Harrison Barnes/Jae Crowder type impact down the road. Could play a point forward role in the League with his size and skillset.
Isaiah Whitehead

  20. *Brooklyn | Isaiah Whitehead | 6-4 | 210 | PG/SG | Seton Hall | 21

Isaiah Whitehead flashed just enough potential in the Big East Tournament (where Seton Hall knocked off conference powers Xavier and Villanova to win an automatic bid) to make him worth a 2nd round flyer for a team. The Nets are targeting a PG with this pick and are rumored to like the homestate kid Whitehead.
Malachi Richardson

  21. Atlanta | Malachi Richardson | 6-6 | 200 | SG | Syracuse | 20

Can do quite a few things well, but still getting a feel for the game. The Hawks are reportedly considering Richardson with one of their first rounders.
Malcolm Brogdon

  22. *Sacramento | Malcolm Brogdon | 6-5 | 225 | SG | Virginia | 23

My surprise pick for the first round. The Hornets need scorers, brought Brogdon in for a workout, and are reportedly liked what they saw.
Juan Hernangomez

  23. Boston | Juan Hernangomez | 6-9 | 225 | PF | Spain | 20

Juan brings a faceup 4 skill set to the league and is a mobile defender. The Celtics' draft could have an international flavor.
Guerschon Yabusele

  24. *Philadelphia | Guerschon Yabusele | 6-8 | 260 | PF | France | 20

A bruiser around the rim with long arms and athletic, chiseled build. Strong inside game and improving outside shot. Should fit in as a modern NBA PF when he comes over.
Ben Bentil

  25. LA Clippers | Ben Bentil | 6-8 | 230 | PF | Providence | 21

As a Xavier fan I saw a little of Bentil last season and yeah, he could carve out an NBA niche. Teammate Kris Dunn's performance overshadowed his 21.1ppg. The Clippers reportedly gave him a first round promise and he could be nice insurance in case Blake hurts himself by being stupid again next season.
Tyler Ulis

  26. *Philadelphia | Tyler Ulis | 5-10 | 150 | PG | Kentucky | 20

Came up big for the young Kentucky Wildcats throughout the SEC Tournament and the Big Dance. Put himself into first round consideration. Even if the Kris Dunn trade does go down, Philly could possibly grab another PG with one of these late first round picks for more depth.
Michael Gbinije

  27. Toronto | Michael Gbinije | 6-7 | 205 | SG/SF | Syracuse | 24

Seen Gbinije mentioned as a potential surprise late first round pick. He has the experience and ability to be a nice bench piece for the Raptors, who may lose DeMar DeRozan to his hometown Lakers this summer.
Zhou Qi

  28. *Sacramento | Zhou Qi | 7-2 | 215 | PF/C | China | 20

A likely draft-and-stash who's one of the hot new names among international players who could crack the first round.
Brice Johnson

  29. San Antonio | Brice Johnson | 6-10 | 210 | PF | North Carolina | 22

Brice really is a lottery talent, but due to his age and that this draft is stacked at PF, I could see him sliding. The other teams' loss is the Spurs' gain as they hit the jackpot in the first round once again. Brice could come in and replace impending free agent (and liikely departure) D West.
Henry Ellenson

  30. Golden St. | Henry Ellenson | 6-11 | 245 | PF/C | Marquette | 19

Ellenson has some nice post moves and an improving outside shot, but I've never been a huge fan. He could make it in the League but I think he needs to add some weight and develop his game more. Despite their all-time great season and all-time great team, after the Finals collapse the Dubs have some big decisions to make. One will be deciding whether to keep Festus Ezeli, who is a free agent.
Ante Zizic

  31. *Memphis | Ante Zizic | 6-11 | 230 | C | Croatia | 19

Active, energetic player with great size for a big. I feel like the Celtics have some interest in Zizic, I think they might even target him at #16.
Thon Maker

  32. LA Lakers | Thon Maker | 7-1 | 215 | PF/C | Australia | 19

Though my gut tells me some team will pull the trigger on this prep school YouTube sensation in the first round, recent reports say that a lot of teams will pass on him due to questions about his age. The Lakers could have interest if he falls to the 2nd.
Kahlil Felder

  33. *New Orleans | Kahlil Felder | 5-9 | 175 | PG | Oakland |

I love this kid! Had a killer season for the Oakland Grizzlies that went largely unnoticed by the NBA. I'd love to see him sneak into the late first round. Has the potential to make an Isaiah Thomas-type impact in the League. CP3's injury should be a red flag to the Clips to search for a protege to their All Star PG.
DeAndre Bembry

  34. Phoenix | DeAndre Bembry | 6-5 | 205 | SG/SF | St. Joseph's | 21

A steady riser here in the draft process who could find his way firmly in first round consideration. Could end up as one of the steals of the draft. An offensive-minded wing for the Suns as they double dip at that position.
Paul Zipser

  35. *Memphis | Paul Zipser | 6-8 | 210 | SF | Germany | 22

Demonstrated a nice all-around game at the 2016 adidas EuroCamp. Can finish at the rim and has a good touch around the perimeter. Can guard multiple positions.
Diamond Stone

  36. *Milwaukee | Diamond Stone | 6-10 | 255 | C | Maryland | 19

The Milwaukee native adds size and a whole lot of potential for the Bucks, who are still looking for frontcourt depth in the wake of Larry Sanders' sudden retirement. Just turned 19 so still very raw and definitely a project, but could be worth the investment.
Cheick Diallo

  37. *Houston | Cheick Diallo | 6-9 | 220 | PF/C | Kansas | 19

Diallo flashed some of his potential during the NBA Draft Combine, but he's raw like lunchmeat so it wouldn't surprise me at all to see him slip to the 2nd round. Dwight Howard opted out of his deal so he's done in Houston, they could target some center depth in the draft.
Patrick McCaw

  38. *Golden St. | Patrick McCaw | 6-6 | 180 | SG | UNLV | 20

Another player who I am starting to warm up to as a good pick here in the 20s, but could also fall into the high 30s.
Damian Jones

  39. *LA Clippers | Damian Jones | 6-11 | 245 | C | Vanderbilt | 20

I'm not huge on Jones, there are a few other frontcourt prospects I like better, but I could see how some team may like his potential and make him a first rounder. Depth behind AD.
Anthony Barber

  40. *LA Clippers | Anthony Barber | 6-3 | 175 | PG | NC State | 21

Cat Barber averaged 23.5 PPG for NC State and has emerged as a legitimate pick in the 20-40 range. Like Gordon, Jrue Holiday has had an injury-ravaged tenure in New Orleans and will be a free agent next summer.
Gary Payton II

  41. Orlando | Gary Payton II | 6-3 | 185 | PG/SG | Oregon St. | 23

Gary Payton's son a bit of a wild card. He could be a potential surprise first round pick or fall this far and be a potential steal. The Nets just need young talent and are weak at the point.
AJ Hammons

  42. *Brooklyn | AJ Hammons | 7-0 | 260 | C | Purdue | 23

Despite trading their first rounder, I think my Jazz will find at least one keeper in the draft with one of their 3 second rounders. I love Hammons, and he projects as a solid backup for Gobert for a nice 4 man frontcourt rotation.
Malik Beasley

  43. Houston | Malik Beasley | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Florida St. | 19

Slick shooter with good athleticism to use in the open court and on defense. He's a shot maker who could carve out a nice career.
Marko Arapovic

  44. *Atlanta | Marko Arapovic | 6-10 | 230 | PF | Croatia | 19

Draft-and-stash for the Hawks here since they filled their 2 biggest needs with the extra first rounder.
Lenny Charles-Catherine

  45. *Boston | Lenny Charles-Catherine | 6-5 | | SG/SF | France | 20

With 5 second round picks, the Celtics will definitely go draft-and-stash a few times between picks 31-60.
Pascal Siakam

  46. *Dallas | Pascal Siakam | 6-9 | 230 | PF | New Mexico St. | 22

Dirk opted out of his deal. He may be gunning for a championship, but the Mavs could get another PF for potential new depth if he leaves. I like Siakam. One of my 2016 NBA Draft sleepers. Could be worth a 2nd round flyer.
Taurean Prince

  47. *Portland | Taurean Prince | 6-8 | 220 | SF | Baylor | 21

Ideal tools and physique for an NBA player, a strong, mature frame with the ability to play above the rim. He's a capable outside shooter whose shooting stroke should translate well to the NBA. Not a great ballhandler or shot creator, and will excel in the NBA as a role player.
Robert Carter

  48. *Chicago | Robert Carter | 6-8 | 250 | PF | Maryland | 22

The Bulls quietly shopped their entire PF depth chart at the trade deadline. Has a nice frame for an NBA PF and should find a niche in the League somewhere.
Marcus Paige

  49. Detroit | Marcus Paige | 6-2 | 165 | PG | North Carolina | 22

The Pistons could target a backup PG after losing Brandon Jennings at the trade deadline. Marcus Paige is one of those 2nd round prospects who I just want to see get drafted.
Andrey Desyatnikov

  50. Indiana | Andrey Desyatnikov | 7-3 | 230 | C | Russia | 22

Dorian Finney-Smith

  51. *Boston | Dorian Finney-Smith | 6-8 | 215 | SF/PF | Florida | 23

Another one of my 2016 NBA Draft sleepers. I have a gut feeling that he could go very late first.
Isaia Cordinier

  52. *Utah | Isaia Cordinier | 6-5 | 180 | SG | France | 19

Cordinier is one of the more underrated international draft prospects so he's on my list of potential late first round draft and stashes.
Julian Jacobs

  53. *Denver | Julian Jacobs | 6-4 | 180 | PG/SG | USC | 21

A few posters on the forum really like this kid. Will be interesting to see if he ends up being one of the 2016 NBA Draft steals.
Georgios Papagiannis

  54. *Cleveland | Georgios Papagiannis | 7-2 | 275 | C | Greece | 18

Ivica Zubac

  55. *Utah | Ivica Zubac | 7-0 | 265 | C | Croatia | 19

Draft-and-stash
Nedim Buza

  56. *Oklahoma Cty | Nedim Buza | 6-8 | 200 | SF | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 21

Daniel Hamilton

  57. *Memphis | Daniel Hamilton | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | UConn | 20

The Grizzlies take a flyer on Hamilton for wing depth.
Rade Zagorac

  58. *Boston | Rade Zagorac | 6-9 | 200 | SG/SF | Serbia | 20

Yogi Ferrell

  59. *Sacramento | Yogi Ferrell | 6-0 | 180 | PG | Indiana | 23

Yogi will likely have to fight for a roster spot if he's going to make the League, either as a late 2nd rounder or a Summer League invite. Rajon Rondo is a free agent and might not be back, Sactown could target some PG depth with either of their picks.
Petr Cornelie

  60. *Utah | Petr Cornelie | 6-11 | 210 | PF/C | France | 20

Draft-and-stash for the Bucks.